Monday, 18 August 2014

Shortbread Biscuits

Hey lovelies! 

We have been busy making some delicious shortbread and chocolate biscuits which went down an absolute treat, they are so moorish and perfect with a cuppa tea. We was going to make plain biscuits but as we're both complete chocoholic wedecided to melt milk and white chocolate and dip them in creating the biscuit of all biscuits! 

They are very simple to bake and do not require any fancy fluffy ingredients or too much time which make them perfect for a quick sweet treat or a lovely gift. 

200g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
300g plain flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
Milk and white chocolate (optional) 

1.  Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees and line a tray with baking parchment. Mix the butter and sugar together either with your hands or a hand mixer until pale and smooth. Add the vanilla extract and sieve in the flour mixing well until all the ingredients have combined. Try not to over work the flour otherwise you'll lose crumbliness to your biscuits ( and everyone loves a crumbley biscuit).

2. Divide your mixture up into four pieces and gently roll each piece out  roughly a centimetre thick and then use a biscuit cutter to cut the shapes out. Once you have cut all the shapes out leave in the fridge for roughly 10 minutes then before baking sprinkle some granulated sugar over each biccy. Bake for roughly 15-20 mins or until lightly golden. Leave aside to completely cool once baked. 

3. Whilst the biscuits are coolig melt some chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, leave the chocolate aside to cool before dunking your biscuits in. Once dunked place them in the fridge to set the chocolate then drizzle over the other chocolate to create a pattern, or just eat ;).  

There you have it, we said they would be quick and east to make. You could place them in a lovely box as a gift, serve then for lunch or afternoon tea or just hide them in your cupboard so know one can pinch them. I suppose you could always share them but they are so god damn tasty you will defiantly be hiding them from everyone, that's what we did anyway :). 

Hope you give this recipe a go and find them as tasty as we do! Defiantly the best shortbread biccy around so try it out and let us know what you think.

Happy baking :))

Megan and Jade x x 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Gooey chocolate Brownies

Hey guys!

So you've seen the yummy ingredients that I was using to make these delicious brownies, now time to see the finished product. I have to say they were so delicious and gooey in the middle just how a brownie should be and the white chocolate chunks along side the melted marshmallow and crunchy shortbread worked an absolute treat. A sweet addictive heaven and an easy, non complicated recipe.

140g butter
140g milk chocolate 
2 eggs 
140g light brown sugar
70g self raising flour
100g white chocolate (cut into chunky pieces)
100g shortbread biscuits
100g marshmallows 

1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees and line a shallow baking tray with baking paper so all the sides are covered.   
2. Over a simmering pan of water, melt the butter and chocolate together making sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the pan. Leave aside to cool for a few minutes once all melted. 
3. Whisk together the sugar and eggs until devolved then whisk in the melted chocolate and butter. Sieve in the flour and whisk up until all the ingredients have combined.
4. Cut the white chocolate and shortbread into medium sized pieces and add them into the mixture with the marsh mellows. Stir all together and then pour onto the baking tray and bake for 15-18 minutes.
5. Leave to cool before you cut then slice into squares and serve.

There you have it, gorgeous chocolate brownies, a gooey chocolaty centre with chunky pieces of white chocolate and sticky marshmallow, not forgetting the crunch from the buttery shortbread biscuits and the crispy top of the brownie. Perfect! 

A fool proof recipe which you can experiment with by adding different ingredients such as cherries, Malteeser (oh yeah!!) or any other favourite sweet or chocolate. Even a selection of nuts and seeds would be very tasty, so give them a go and let us know what you think.

Have a lovely weekend, and enjoy these sweet treats.

Happy baking :)

Megan x x 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Making Brownies

Sugar overload!!!! Look at all these yummy ingredients. All going in my chocolate lovers brownies :)) we have marshmallows, white chocolate and shortbread biscuits. Heaven on a chopping board :). Oh and not forgetting melted milk chocolate yumm. 

Will let you see the finished product and recipe once there baked. 

Keep posted :))

Megan x x

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Mini Victoria sponges

Hello you lovely lot,

I've just gone and made the cutest little cakes ever, mini Victoria sponges! They are so sweet and very easy to make. They would make a perfect accomplishment to an afternoon tea or a birthday party. Very quick and hassle free and even the less domesticted can pull these off without any dilemmas.

Ingredients (basic Victoria Sponge) 
200g self raising flour
200g caster sugar 
200g unsalted butter 
4 eggs
1 Teaspoon vanilla 

Strawberry Jam
140g butter
280g icing sugar 
Vanilla extract 

1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees and grease a cupcake tray with butter. 
2. Cream together the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy then beat in the eggs one at a time to prevent curdling.
3. Add the vanilla extract and then fold in the flour. 
4. Spoon into the cupcake tray making sure you fill them 3/4 of the way as the will rise. Bake for 12- 15 minutes until golden brown. Once baked leave to cool completely.
5. To make the butter icing beat the butter until soft then add the icing sugar and cream together until light and fluffy adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract. 
6. Cut and trim the cakes to make them neat and level then spoon on some strawberry jam and pipe the butter icing on. 
7. Dust with icing sugar and serve. 

Nice and quick recipe with a very tasty result. They are fun to make and go down a treat, but don't leave them unattended or they will disappear (I've witnessed some cake pinching). 

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do and enjoy baking them :))

Happy baking lovelies :) 

Megan x x x 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Chocolate And Strawberry Cupcakes

Hey guys!

Though I'd have a bit of a mid week bake, why not? So I Was looking through my cupboards to see what ingredients I had to use up and came across some strawberries in the firdge. Now strawberries are definaltly one of my favourites especially paired with rich chocolate, so thought I'd bake some vanilla muffins topped with a chocolatey butter icing with strawberries on top. Then I went even wilder and thought I'd add strawberries into the cupcake too. WINNER! A quick and easy recipe, doesn't demand a lot of ingredients so guarantee  you'll have them all in your cupboards and fridge plus you can use up any fruits or sweets you have left over such as raspberries, blueberries, chocolate chips, pic a mix or any dried fruits and nuts. This is a very versatile recipe and will taste great with any added extras, again like I said you will be guaranteed to have some spare ingredients floating around in your cupboard ready to use up.  

120g butter softened at room temperature
120g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract 
120g self raising flour
1-2 tablespoons milk 
Freeze dry strawberry pieces 

Butter icing 
50g dark chocolate 
100g unsalted butter
200g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
Milk, to loosen

1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees and place cupcake cases onto a cupcake tray. Cream together the butter and cater sugar until a smooth lump free consistency.  
2. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and add the vanilla extract. Gradually add the beaten eggs to the creamed butter and caster batter mixing well.
3. Sieve in the flour and mix together adding 1-2 tablespoons of milk to loosen the batter slightly. Wash and cut up some of the strawberries and fold into the mixture. 
4. Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden on top. Once baked leave to cool fully.
5. For the butter icing melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, make sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl. Once all the chocolate has melted leave to cool for a few minutes.
6. Cream together the soften butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy, mix the chocolate into the butter icing until all has combined into a smooth rich consistency.
7. Pipe onto your cupcakes and add a strawberry or freeze dry strawberry pieces on top to finish off. You can decorate with what ever ingredients you want to make your cupcakes look the part.

And there you have it, I said it would be an easy recipe which bake in know time. You can be as adventurous as you like when it comes to adding all those extras or just keep it sweet and simple.

So if you find yourself wanting to use up some left over strawberries or craving a quick and easy sweet treat give this recipe a go and I'm sure you will love it as much as I do.

Please feel free to leave any comments regarding this recipe or share and quick tasty recipes of your own, would really love to hear from you :)

Happy baking guys 

Megan x x x

Monday, 4 August 2014

A bakers nightmare

Hey guys!

Omg what a nightmare it has been today! I decide to make my friend and belated birthday cake, just a Victoria sponge, it's one of her favs. Anyway it all went fine until I realised 20 minutes had gone by and it hadn't baked a bit! She was due round for lunch in on hour and my oven had broken! Great. After a massive hissy fit and tantrum I came up with a back up plan of fridge cake. Quick, easy and would defiantly taste good! They didn't look the prettiest ever but I got them done and set in time for lunch and using up left over ingredients I found in my cupboard cost nothing to make.  

200g dark chocolate 
Glacier cherries 
Ginger nut biscuits
White chocolate 

1. Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over a simmering pan of water, making sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl. Then put aside to cool down.
2. Slice some glacier cherries and white chocolate into chunks and crush the biscuits in pieces (not too small though).
3. Mix all the ingredients into the chocolate adding some marshmallows and spoon into some cupcake cases (I didn't have time to line a tray).
4. Add some marshmallows on top and place in the fridge to set and your all done.

You can add whatever you want to them and to make them look nicer you can line a tray and spoon the mixture into it and once set slice into squares. I was running out of time so used cupcake cases which worked just as well. 

So if ever you have a oven dilemma or are extremely pushed for time give these fridge cakes ago, they are simply and not the best looking but they taste good and do the trick ;) 

Happy baking 

Love Megan x x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

My Gorgeous Boyfriends Birthday Cake ❤️

Well hello there!! 

Last month it was my lovely boyfriends birthday and what better way of showing my love than making him a Jack Daniels cake. Jack Daniels is his tipple and he is defiantly of a chocoholic so I thought why not make him a monster of a chocolate cake shaped as a Jack Daniels bottle with some added extras. 

You can use any recipe you like, Matt has a real sweet tooth so obviously a chocolate cake was the best choice. I didn't bother buying a bottle shaped cake tin I just backed two square cakes and using a template I drew up just cut around it. Works much better as you get to eat all the left overs hehe. 

As I said he is a massive chocoholic and minstrels are one of his favorites, so me being a lovely thoughtful girlfriend decided to crush up a packet and mix them into the chocolate butter icing (massive YUM). Move over jam and plain butter icing!! Chocolate minstrel mayhem has taken over!! So we now have a layered chocolate cake with a super rich chocolaty centre (about 5cm thick ��)  with minstrel in! Ohh yeahh :)) I ordered a edible JD label from eBay as well as some food colouring to dye the butter icing that Jack Daniels colour for the outside and brought a large board for the cake to sit on. Easy peesy and he LOVED it. 

You can create any bottle, experiment with different choccys in your butter icing and try different flavours cakes. It's a lovely personalized cake and can be made for any occasion. 

Me and my gorgous birthday boy.

Obviously that wasn't his only present he defiantly got very spoilt, but he deserves it :))

So why not give it ago for someone you love, it's really easy, looks good and will make someone's day.

See you soon guys,

Happy baking, 

Megan x x x